Originally Posted by Kemp17
White does certainly. Gonzo might (at his age a big dropoff is possible at any time), but he's been pretty open about retiring after this season despite still being capable. But even at that, they still lack depth/youth. Obviously they have some good starters. You don't play as well as they have without good players. But injuries/age could ravage their team as they haven't had picks to replenish their stores.
Little to no depth are QB, RB, OL, TE, WR, DE, LB, or CB. Basically they're not going to have much margin for error over the next few years personnel wise because of trading up for Jones. Their window won't close while they have Ryan, but I can definitely envision a skid like the Chargers have had in the near future as their best players age off without adequate replacements.
This coming offseason, for instance, the bare minimum will be finding new players at DE, MLB, CB (unless they want to play Robinson 8M), RB, and TE.
They're a good team. I'm not trying to say that they're not. I just think they could have been better had they not traded the farm for Julio.
Another thing that may very well affect them next year, along with Washington, Texas, and a few others is the likely implementation of a new rule outlawing cut blocks and all blocks below the waist that's being talked about right now. These teams all use a zone blocking scheme, which is going to be hard hit if this rule passes, and it looks like it will. If Ryan's protection falters due to the rule change, his numbers may follow Philip's.